VCA Fox Chapel Animal Hospital

Our Pittsburgh Animal Hospital

VCA Fox Chapel Animal Hospital has baeen taking care of dogs, cats, and exotic pets since the early 1950's when Dr. Jim Swart first opened. The hospital had gone under two expansions and renovations under Dr. Jim Swarts' ownership. In 1980 an outpatient clinic in the Shadyside area of Pittsburgh was opened. In 1996 our hospital experienced an extensive renovation. In 1957 Dr. George Swart partnered with his brother Jim. Dr. George Swart bought the practice in the 1960's and partnered with Dr. Dan Murphy in 1974 and sold the practice to Dr. Murphy in 1987. We joined the VCA family in 1995 and Dr. Murphy worked as medical director until he went part time and designated Dr. Paul Miggins as medical director. The practice through both Dr. Swarts and Dr. Robert Wagner has had a special interest in exotic pet care and did the veterinary work for the Pittsburgh Zoo for over 20 years. The veterinarians and staff of VCA Fox Chapel and Shadyside Animal Hospitals look forward to continuing the tradition of excellent pet care that has been on going at this location for over 50 years.

Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please call:

  • 412-364-5353 - VCA Northview Animal Hospital
  • 412-885-2500 - VCA Castle Shannon Animal Hospital
  • 412-366-3400 - PVSEC